Tim Benz: Steelers fans change their tune on Mitch Trubesky with Kenny Beckett on the sidelines

When it comes to playing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubesky—and his fan base analysis—I wish I had some truth serum.

A time machine. Who has one of these lies?

Because I’d love to see how many Steelers fans and media types calling for Trubisky to be sued were also ardent supporters of his signing back in March.

For those who were in favor of signing Trubisky, did you just change your mind about what Trubisky’s life span should be and what is its cap because the Steelers chose Kenny Pickett?

I’ve moved the goalposts into his stint, since the first-round pick for the 24-year-old Heisman Trophy nominee was added to the mix. But if you suddenly change your mind about how good or wise Trubesky was to sign him six months ago, it’s intellectually inconsistent.

Since I don’t have time-jumping ability nor a gallon jug of penta-sodium, I suppose I’ll just have to rely on your honesty and personal introspection on the subject.

do not worry. I don’t expect much.

But it would be nice if Steelers fans were really able to do some self-analysis as it relates to their thoughts on Trubisky pre-Pickett and their outlook on him now that Pickett is his reserve.


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Because, to underscore a point made by former Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger this week, if nothing else, by doing so perhaps some of the heat on Trubisky can dissipate as he finds his way through the early stages of navigating his new attack. At least this will probably make you think twice before joining the chorus of “Kenny, Kenny” at Acrisure’s next home game.

“I haven’t heard that, but I have a lot going on,” Tomlin said of the Sunday cheers for Beckett.

Trust us, coach. that happened. Even a former quarterback was talking about it in his podcast.

You can expect coaching staff Tomlin and the Steelers to be more patient with their decisions than you might hear at Level 500 at the Acrisure Arena or on some sports talk show.

“I really liked[Trubisky]to be completely honest with you. I think he did a good job doing the things that come with this position,” Tomlin said of Trubisky on Monday. “The intangible stuff, the leadership stuff, the communication stuff, detailing and reporting the crime. Working hard to implement our agenda, the things we want to work on.”

To be fair to the fans and members of the media calling out the Trubisky seats, it now makes sense that Beckett would be the one to replace him, unlike Mason Rudolph. What doesn’t make sense – after just two weeks into the regular season – is trying to erase every argument some of these people made in support of signing Trubisky in the first place.

Believe me. I heard them all. Because when Trubisky was signed, I didn’t support the decision with a flush. So I took it on the chin of a massive Steelers fan for my failure to set up on the go and the audacity to express a dissenting opinion.

“Why am I not on board? Can’t you see that Trubisky would be a perfect fit for Matt Canada’s offense? Trubisky was destroyed by Matt Nagy and all those idiot coaches in Chicago! He learned a lot in Buffalo as a backup behind Josh Allen, so he’ll be much better at Pittsburgh!”

yes. Where is all this love for Trubisky now?

I understand why having Pickett on board makes it easier to order a Trubisky seat than it would have been if Rudolph had been the next best option.

But those who do – after announcing the signing of Trubisky only six months ago (and two regular matches) – must admit that they have been talking themselves in a bunch of nonsense about how confident they are that Trubisky will be worthy. Ben Roethlisberger’s successor, simply because he was the best option available at the time.

Let’s be honest. Even Petrobsky’s brightest March optimist might not have expected his play to be perfect just two weeks later. To say nothing of the fact that those two games came against defending champion Bengals in Cincinnati and the Bill Blake Patriots defense in Week Two.

Using time machine theory again, if you came back from the future and landed back in Pittsburgh at some point in the initial draft and told anyone who was in the “Team Trubisky” that the Steelers would split those first two games, I’d bet all they’d have gotten into it in blood.

Although knowing how difficult the offense is.

But now that Beckett has traded blue and gold for black and gold, the standard of public expectations for Trubesky has changed.

Although the player himself did not.

For Roethlisberger’s point of view, that’s a bit unfair.

And to my point of view, it’s incredibly disingenuous.


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Tim Benz is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.


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